Innovation: Reinventing Old Machinery, Dutch Design Week


Stylesight visited the influential and thought provoking Dutch Design week in Eindhoven last week and was struck by the thoughtful consideration of emotional design, the balance of technology and the environment as well as the great use of materials.

One project particularly resonated with its simple consideration of recycling and robotics.

Titled ‘An Pensioned Machine can have a second life’. Designer Dirk van der Kooij has revamped an old machine from a production line in China and turned it into a large-scale 3-D printer.

Calling ‘him’ Fanuc, the heavy yellow machine has new software that turned him into a rapid prototyping machine. What is really interesting is the crudeness with which Fanuc prints – low resolution allows him to print robust models resulting in a series of chairs that offer an appeal associated with traditional craftsmanship, but through an entirely new industrial process.

In addition to this, van der Kooij uses plastic chips from the ground up plastic from waste fridges that he finds around Holland. Using different chips from different fridges he is able to layer color into the chairs. Printed in approximately 3.5 hours, each chair is made up of about two medium-sized fridges.

For a more in-depth overview of Dutch Design week keep a look out for the up and coming feature in Lifestyle and Trade Shows and for more about rapid prototyping and the influence it is and will have on design look here Futurist: The Creative Force of  Technology.

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